Category Archives: Travel

Wining and Dining Around Spain with Gerry Dawes: Part 4 – Rapturous Ribeira Sacra

Vineyards are inherently beautiful and I am never less than enthralled with a visit to one, but despite visits to gorgeous vineyards in France, Italy, Germany, the United States, Chile, South Africa and elsewhere in Spain, I was unprepared for […]

Posted in Culinary Personalities, Fine Dining, Food and Drink, On the Farm, Regional, Restaurants, Slow Food, Spain, Traditional Ethnic, Travel, Wine | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Shellfish and Albariño – Galician Greatness at d’Berto

There are few, if any, foods that I enjoy eating more than top quality shellfish. Cracking open a just-from-the-sea lobster in Maine, slurping down a lightly dressed Gillardeau oyster in Paris, Barcelona or Lyon, devouring a grilled carabinero in Madrid, […]

Posted in Culinary Personalities, Fine Dining, Food and Drink, Restaurants, Slow Food, Spain, Top Restaurant Meals, Top Tastes, Traditional Ethnic, Travel, Wine | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Wining and Dining Around Spain with Gerry Dawes: Part 3 – North By Northwest

Not every city or town in Europe is beautiful or charming, but fortunately, there are still plenty that are and Tordesillas, northwest of Madrid, in Valladolid, on the way to Galicia, is one of those small, charming and beautiful cities. […]

Posted in Cocktails & Libations, Culinary Personalities, Fine Dining, Food and Drink, Hotels, Pastry, Restaurants, Slow Food, Spain, Top Tastes, Traditional Ethnic, Travel, Wine | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Wining and Dining Around Spain with Gerry Dawes: Part 2 – Ribera del Duero & Rueda

With a four day stop in Madrid for Madrid Fusión 2015 now history, it was time to begin the next leg of the trip. Bill Sciambi, a seasoned wine veteran and CEO of Gerry’s company arrived from NYC to join […]

Posted in Cheese, Culinary Personalities, Fine Dining, Food and Drink, Hotels, On the Farm, Pastry, Regional, Restaurants, Slow Food, Spain, Top Restaurant Meals, Top Tastes, Traditional Ethnic, Travel, Wine | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Wining and Dining Around Spain with Gerry Dawes: Part 1- Valencia and Alicante

I have said this before and I’ll say it again, nobody knows Spain like Gerry Dawes. I sincerely doubt that there is another American, and very few, if any, Spaniards can approach, let alone surpass his knowledge of the people, food, […]

Posted in At the Market, Bistronomic, Cocktails & Libations, Culinary Personalities, Culinary Shopping, Fine Dining, Food and Drink, Hotels, Pastry, Regional, Restaurants, Slow Food, Spain, Top Tastes, Traditional Ethnic, Travel, Wine | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Enjoying Disfrutar

The legendary elBulli has passed into history. It is almost four years since the last meal was served there. With elBulli gone, its Vanguardist style of cooking has become largely overshadowed by the New Naturalism movement led by Rene Redzepi […]

Posted in Cocktails & Libations, Culinary Personalities, Fine Dining, Food and Drink, Pastry, Restaurants, Science, Slow Food, Spain, Top Restaurant Meals, Top Tastes, Travel, Wine | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Back to Bodega 1900

Bodega 1900, from the astounding Albert Adriá collection of restaurants, is one whose memory grows into the stuff of legend. I was there with my son a year ago and found it to be totally beguiling. One dish, the grilled […]

Posted in Bistronomic, Cocktails & Libations, Culinary Personalities, Fine Dining, Food and Drink, Pastry, Regional, Restaurants, Slow Food, Spain, Top Restaurant Meals, Top Tastes, Traditional Ethnic, Travel | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Albert Adriá and Paco Mendez Make Mexican Magic in Barcelona – Part Two – Hoja Santa

“Genius” is one of those words that gets bandied about, perhaps a bit too freely, in many cases diluting its meaning. One definition of the word from The Oxford English Dictionary is,
“A person who is exceptionally intelligent or creative, either generally […]

Posted in Cocktails & Libations, Culinary Personalities, Fine Dining, Food and Drink, Mexico, Pastry, Regional, Restaurants, Slow Food, Spain, Top Restaurant Meals, Traditional Ethnic, Travel | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Reflections on The Bocuse D’Or 2015

I have now attended each of the past four Bocuse d’Or competitions in Lyon starting in 2009 and each has been special in its own way, filled with hope and promise. This last one was best of all as the […]

Posted in Bocuse D'Or, Culinary Personalities, Events, Food and Drink, Food Events, France, Musings, Slow Food, Travel | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Albert Adriá and Paco Mendez Make Mexican Magic in Barcelona – Part One- Niño Viejo

The magic of Mexican food depends a lot on the indigenous ingredients of Mexico and has, until recently, outside of a few special places in the United States (e.g Rick Bayless’ Topolobampo and Frontera Grill), been extremely difficult to reproduce […]

Posted in Cocktails & Libations, Culinary Personalities, Fine Dining, Food and Drink, Mexico, Pastry, Restaurants, Slow Food, Spain, Top Restaurant Meals, Traditional Ethnic, Travel | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment